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22 Kenyan Members of Parliament to face court battles – the recently won seats not safe

Posted by African Press International on January 27, 2008

22 MPs to face court battles

Less than a fortnight since the 10th Parliament was sworn in, some of its members are already facing petitions challenging their election. At least 22 election petitions challenging the election of some of the 206 MPs have been filed.

The constituencies whose elections are disputed and are being challenged in court include Kajiado North, Embakasi, Juja, Makadara, Ndhiwa, Sirisia, Starehe, Mandera Central, Kitutu Masaba, Garsen, Ndia, Eldama Ravine, Bomachoge, Dagoretti, Kisumu Town West, Matuga, Gatundu North, Ikolomani, Malava, Kitui Central, Dujis and Naivasha.

Despite the scant history of success in electoral petitions, losers in the just-concluded polls seem ready to contest the election of their opponents.

Election petitions have always been a tricky affair in Kenya.

Twenty five petitions were filed after the 2002 elections, of which 12 were struck down. At least 10 other petitions remained unresolved as Kenyans went to the polls in the 2007 General Election.

The first petition was filed against the newly appointed minister for Foreign Affairs Moses Wetangula as the MP for Sirisia by ODM loser John Koyi Waluke. Mr Waluke claims to have won the election with over 400 votes, but the returning officer overturned the result in favour of the minister.

Other petitions against political heavyweights include one challenging the election of Internal Security minister George Saitoti. Politician Moses Sakuda wants the court to declare the election of Prof Saitoti null and void, claiming it was marred by irregularities.

Lifted and published by Korir, API

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